Gateway NV56R06U Review

The Gateway NV56R06U was first available at Amazon.com from early September 2012 priced just bellow $400 dollars (at the time of this review). However, I will agree that for such a price, you have a pretty good odd of finding something much better. Now this laptop is pretty good in itself, but the one thing it is lacking is a good processor. I know for a fact that for this kind of money you can even find something equipped with an Intel i3 processor, or an AMD Quad-Core processor if you’re lucky.

Other than the fact the processor is an entry-level one, I’d say nothing else is wrong with Gateway NV56R06U laptop.
The specifications of this laptop were a bit obscured and harder to find than most, since my main sources had nothing on it. Therefore, I had to run across several other sources and compare them to one another to form an opinion about whether or not what I saw there was good enough to be taken as the truth. Luckly I found almost all the details at the official Gateway website.

The RAM of this device is one of those good ones since it can be upgraded. While the laptop comes with 4 GB of RAM, it does have another slot so it can support a maximum of 8 GB.

It features an basic integrated graphic card called HD Graphics with DDR3 Memory Controller. Just make sure you are not planning to buy the Gateway NV56R06U specifically for games because this is not a gaming laptop.

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Who is it for? discussing who would benefit most from this laptop...

  • Student
    As a student myself, I can honestly say that little time remains for anything else, if you want to go to all the courses and be the best. Therefore, I don't really believe that a student can make full use of a laptop with great performance. I believe that Gateway NV56R06U suits a student pretty well. Perhaps it would have been better (much better, actually) with an Intel i-something processor on it, but if it isn't possible, so be it. Just so, a bit of hardware strength makes all the difference in the world in speed and multitasking ability. In a student's case, a bit of both are required.

  • Casual User
    All the casual users I know of, and I know of a lot, never use the PC at its full potential. Most of them only use a laptop because it's mobile and thus they can stick to their web browsing or social networking or such trivial activities anywhere in the house. Therefore, needless to say, no casual user requires a lot of performance. However, for any eventuality that a casual user desires a bit more power than usual, Gateway NV56R06U is perfect for that.

  • Business User
    As far as I see it, a Business User requires mobility above all else. That's why I believe a business user will require an Ultrabook (in my view) for perfect results. If not that, then a laptop with enough functionality as to run all programs and have enough storage space and data connectivity. Needless to say, Gateway NV56R06U has all of those things, and in a very good percentage in my opinion.

  • Power User
    A power user is somebody that uses the PC for heavy multitasking and other such hardware-demanding tasks. That is why a power use should have one of the most powerful PCs out there (I believe the powerful Video Card is not a necessity). Needless to say, Gateway NV56R06U is not fit for any Power User, no matter what.

  • Gaming
    The definition of a gaming laptop is basically the same as the Power User, except they also have a powerful video card. I don't think I need to say that a heavy gamer can find absolutely no use for the Gateway NV56R06U.

PROs Vs. CONs

The cool thing about this laptop is that it has Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit on it. Microsoft is having an offer right now (at the time of this review) that if you purchase any device with Windows 7 on it, you can upgrade for free to Windows 8 when it is out, or you can choose to pay 15 dollars and upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when it will be available.

I've mentioned on more than one occasion why I despise laptops that lack a dedicated video card. To me one such component is essential. Also, I do not like the fact that it has pre-installed software on it.

User Reviews: what others think?

Unfortunately, as of yet I could not locate any user reviews. However, there is a good thing to this as well. If you purchase Gateway NV56R06U, you can be the first reviewer to state his opinion out loud on the internet.

Upgrade Gateway NV56R06U RAM to 8GB DDR3 @ 1333 MHz

Summary

In conclusion, the Gateway NV56R06U is perfect for Casual Users, the occasional Student and even the Businessman on a budget. However, I would definitely not recommend this device for any Power User or Gamer as it lacks any and all characteristics of such a device.
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Technical Details

Processor Intel Pentium B950 2.1GHz (2 Cores)
Video Card Intel HD Graphics @ 128MB
RAM Memory 4GB DDR3
Audio integrated with Built-in Stereo Speakers
Operating System Windows 8
Display 15.6-inch 1366 x 768px
Storage Drive 500 GB 5400rpm
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
USB 2.0 Ports 3
USB 3.0 Ports None
Built-in Camera 0.3 MP
Built-in Microphone Yes
Optical Drive DVD±RW
Memory Card Reader Yes
Bluetooth -
Headphone-out Yes
VGA-out Yes
HDMI-out Yes
LAN-out Yes
Color Glossy Black
Width 15.02 in.
Depth 9.96 in.
Height 1.31 in.
Weight 5.5 lbs lbs.
Battery Life up to 4.5 hours
Warranty 1 Year

Updated on January 6th, 2013

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